ERIC Number: ED380931
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jan-26
Reference Count: N/A
The Americans with Disabilities Act: Ensuring Equal Access to the American Dream.
National Council on Disability, Washington, DC.
This report measures progress in the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). The report notes the life experiences of people with disabilities and the social values which led to passage of the ADA, and reviews early signs of implementation success. The report then summarizes findings and recommendations emanating from a February 1994 national meeting of experts and from an August 1994 roundtable discussion in Seattle, Washington, which provided a local perspective on the law's impact. Five themes emerging from the national meeting included: correct misunderstandings regarding the ADA, improve educational efforts, clarify and strengthen the legal framework, provide resources and coordinate federal enforcement efforts, and provide more technical assistance. The Seattle roundtable focused on issues of employment, public services, public accommodations and services operated by private entities, telecommunications, transportation, and implementation at the local and state level. The report finds that impressive progress has occurred in the law's implementation, though further efforts are necessary in order to increase public awareness, provide education and clarification regarding ADA provisions, and provide resources necessary to encourage voluntary compliance and ensure effective enforcement. Appendices offer a brief description of the ADA; a list of national meeting participants; statistical information on the ADA as of September 30, 1994; and a description of the National Council on Disability. (JDD)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Civil Rights, Civil Rights Legislation, Compliance (Legal), Disabilities, Employment Opportunities, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Federal Legislation, Labor Legislation, Program Implementation
National Council on Disability, 1331 F ST., N.W., Suite 1050, Washington, DC 20004-1107.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council on Disability, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Washington (Seattle)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990